The Bam sells. No matter what type of vintage Babe Ruth card you put on eBay, you’ve got about a one in three chance of selling it–and it doesn’t have to be an expensive card either. At least that’s what research seems to indicate. Tracking the top sellers of the Babe’s cardboard over a 90-day period ending in late February, we identified the sellers who sold the most and those who sold the highest dollar volume of Ruth’s cards that had been graded by the three biggest grading and authentication companies.
During the period, 2,077 graded Ruth cards were offered. 32% sold with an average selling price of $656. That might be less than you thought.
Eliminating the one listed sale of a 1916 Babe Ruth rookie card that skewed the overall results, some interesting numbers are revealed.
Rick Probstein, one of the largest volume sellers of vintage cards on eBay, sold more graded Ruth cards during the time frame than anyone else. Probstein, under the eBay ID of probstein123, sold $8,150 worth of Ruth cards, with buyers nabbing all but four of the 29 cards he listed. His biggest sellers? A 1948-49 Leaf Ruth graded SGC 84 that brought $2,150 and a 1924 Williams Chocolates SGC 70 that sold for $2,078. However, most of his listings were of the smaller variety, adding up to an average selling price for Probstein’s Ruth material of $326. Clearly, selling lower end but still ‘vintage’ Ruth cards is a pretty successful formula.
4 Sharp Corners, the east coast based company that lists thousands of cards each month, brought 72 Ruth cards to the eBay market during the time period, most of them issued long after the Babe’s playing days. 18 of them sold, which was good enough for second place in the volume category. The total take? Just $975, led by a 1950 Callahan PSA 7.5 that sold for $119.99 and a Bazooka complete box that brought $109.99 without its top.
Third was seller riedel0_3, which sold 16 graded Ruth cards for $4,088.
Only two of the top 20 ‘volume’ sellers of Ruth cards had an average selling price of more than $1,000.
Small on volume but big on realized price was seller sbaloan, which sold just two Ruth cards but totaled $13,750 and quality*cards, which also sold two cards for a total take of $12,100.
The seller which balanced high dollar sales with quantity was 707 Sportscards. The long-time seller listed 51 Ruth cards, selling seven for a total of $8,012 and an average of $1,144 per card.
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